VIAVI offers two free reference guides for fiber optic testing that can be downloaded as ebooks. Volume 1 reviews the basics in systems, standards, and network architectures and focuses on how to make the most of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) to install, turn-up, and maintain fiber optic networks
Read the next issue of the FOA’s newsletter online. While the photo above doesn’t show “social distancing”, FOA has all its certification tests available online, both for use by our schools and by our direct “Work to Cert” applicants. All tests require a proctor to oversee the applicant taking the exam. In this time of social distancing, getting a proctor can be difficult, so FOA now has procedures for online proctors and administering the exam. Contact the FOA for more information.
Light Brigade, AFL’s industry-leading training and education division, is introducing a large selection of live, remote training options. The new Remote Classroom Sessions deliver personalized training in a convenient and essential live, online learning format.
While many are sequestered at home, others are out in the field installing more fiber and maintaining networks. Our contacts tell us that some projects are on hold but others are expanding, necessary to support up to 60% increase in Internet traffic and even a return to voice phone calls as people work from home and try to stay connected while social distancing. If you are working from home, you can take advantage of FOA’s free online learning opportunities at Fiber U where we have been adding some new courses and expanding our Basic Skills Labs. .
Training can be the difference between a successful fiber installation and a disaster. This webinar will address how to set your company apart by becoming fully FOA certified; how simple instruction can make the installation and management of fiber optics second nature to your team; and the hidden, often overlooked values of training (photo courtesy of FOA).
BICSI is offering 25 BICSI CONNECT Courses at no cost until June 30. The courses cover a variety of ICT topics, including distributed antenna systems, data centers, intelligent buildings, healthcare infrastructure, trends in copper and fiber testing and many more. In addition, we have reduced other select BICSI CONNECT courses by 30 percent by entering the campaign code WBT30 at checkout.To access the complete list of free and discounted online courses, visit http://www.bicsi.org/online.
Professionals in the ICT industry who are exclusively working from home may have “found time,” with which they can seek opportunities for professional development or training. One resource available to these professionals—as it has been for years—is Fiber U: the Fiber Optic Association’s free online self-study program. Fiber U includes self-study programs, tutorials, textbooks, videos, and links to other Fiber Optic Association (FOA) pages that educate on fiber optics and premises cabling.
IT teams have more metrics than ever before. Yet according to Forrester Research, one-third of user complaints linger without resolution for a month or more. Do you have the right insight to understand and resolve user problems? In this webinar learn how the end-user focused technologies of Observer 17.5 simplify user experience assessment and troubleshooting to: Improve engineer’s ability to triage problem response and assign support tickets; Facilitate faster root-cause analysis with user-experience driven workflows; Ensure performance visibility in next generation 100 Gb data centers; Understand how users, by location or service, are experiencing an application.
CommScope is offering free DAS training to women in the wireless industry or with a wireless background who want to enter the DAS business. This four-year old program, sponsored by CommScope’s Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions (DCCS) group, has recently expanded to incorporate more trainings and certifications than ever including small cells and CBRS technology. The goal is to help women who are interested in improving their knowledge in these fields to help them find work or expand opportunities available to them.
Can You Learn Fiber Optic Skills Online? If you have your own tools and components and like to learn on your own, you probably can. The Fiber U “Basic Skills Lab” has lessons for learning cable preparation, splicing, termination and testing. Just download the new workbook sections on each topic along with the VHO “virtual hands-on” tutorials, and you are ready to practice with your own equipment.